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Windows 7: Various Office apps launch spontaneously while using IE


23 Apr 2010   #1

 
Various Office apps launch spontaneously while using IE

Various Office apps launch spontaneously while using IE8. I do not seem to need to click a link to cause this. Well, maybe I do. I am just reading along and an Office app will launch. Most often, PowerPoint.

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23 Apr 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

Hmm, the internet doesn't have much on this. What other Office programs have done this, besides PowerPoint? Has it ever happened while using a different browser, such as Chrome or Firefox? Try to see if there's a pattern based on what websites you're visiting, even if you don't find that it's caused by clicking anything.

Cheers,

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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23 Apr 2010   #3

 

In XP, there was something akin to 'IE hosted file types' and I would often see XL and PP listed under such a heading. I never messed with the setting.

I reference that since I am now experiencing a connection between IE8 and Office. Excel and PowerPoint are the main culprits, but I think Word popped up recently.
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23 Apr 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

You could check which file types are associated with PowerPoint, Excel, etc. by typing "change file type" in the Start menu search field and clicking the first result. If there's anything weird, delete the association and see if it helps.

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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23 Apr 2010   #5

 

No joy there.

I did disable a small handful of MS Office IE add-ons from within IE.

Will report results and spefic add-ons (after some surfin').
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23 Apr 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

Ah, that was a good call. I'm betting that was it, but let us know!

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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23 Apr 2010   #7

 

Well, no spontaneously generated Office apps - Until This Very Moment!

Seriously.

I have been using the onscreen keyboard and PP launched when I clicked the predictive word "spontaneously" - and it just did it again, but not when I clicked any other predictive words.

I do not use the word "spontaneously" (did it again) frequently.
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24 Apr 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

Wait, are you serious? This has got to be the most bizarre thing I have ever heard of Windows 7 doing... I honestly have no idea. Run your anti-virus software, maybe?

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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24 Apr 2010   #9

 

Indeed. Bizarre, if not incredulous.

As I was preparing my morning espresso, I was wondering if I would have to video the process and effect. Strange that only some letter combinations seem to create the effect.

The phenomenon presents in other applications as well - not just while using IE.
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26 Apr 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

Did you try running anti-virus? Here's a free video screen capture program if you want to show us what's happening: HyperCam I'm very curious to find out. What other applications are you experiencing this with?

Cheers,

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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